DH & I are looking at options, including buying a used shell and refurbishing/modifying it. We are also seriously considering the Teal Tailfeather. From some of what I've seen in this thread, some of you might think we're crazy, but I really like what this company is doing & in many ways it might be a great fit for us - the shell is very lightweight, so even with the additional trailer weight we can build it under the max 1000 lbs capacity of our tow vehicle. The modular construction means that we can break it down & store it on our postage-stamp sized suburban property and we can customize it to our needs without having to buy a bunch of stuff we don't need or want. Though some of you have said it seems pricey, it compares favorably with buying a comparably-sized fiberglass trailer, even with purchasing the chassis separately - and , for us, it's local.
Of course one of the drawbacks is that it's really ugly. I've been trying to think of ways to "beautify" it.
The company's FB page recently posted this idea for feedback:
I saw some price estimates earlier in the thread - This is what I'm coming up with now.
The base price for the smallest shell Kit to fit a 5x8 trailer, ~6'Wx8.5'Lx6'H at the middle of the shell: $4,166.00
2 - corner panels
10 - side panels
1 - door assembly
1 - floor liner
1 - roof shell kit with hardware
2 - 8" x 8" skylights
2- 8" x 8" roof vents
I can get a brand-new 5x8 aluminum utility trailer locally for ~$1500
cheaper if I bought steel. (the FAQ on the site specifically recommends against do-it-yourself bolt-together trailers like Harbor Freight)
I come up with a total closer to $7000
, which is around what a used fiberglass trailer is selling for around here right now, regardless of age.
That does not include extras such as operating windows
, furniture & cabinets (some of which we don't need or want to pay for, some of which we can easily put in ourselves). There are some upgrades that we would probably get at the outset, such as a couple of windows
. Since this kit is modular, it leaves open the possibility of adding some of these things at a later date as well as increasing the size of the shell, assuming we plan ahead & get a bigger chassis. While this would probably bring the price close to a new, no-frills Scamp
over time, it also brings our initial outlay into the realm of possibility now.
Wear & tear from breaking down and rebuilding the shell are certainly concerns, but can be mitigated. This camper is unlikely to hold its value over time in the same way the manufactured fiberglass trailers do, however as far as functionality here and now, it may be a viable option.